Meet Our Instructors

Meet BlackRock’s Winter Classes Instructors

For #TeachingArtistTuesday, BlackRock introduces you to a different instructor every week.

Maria Shorb
Ballet Conservatory Program

“Hello, I’m Maria Shorb. I’ve been a ballet instructor for more than 20 years, teaching classical ballet to children, teens and adults. I studied at Nina Novak’s Ballet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela, and at The Dance Studio under Martha Anne Romoser in Arlington, Virginia. I also performed with the Novak Ensemble in Venezuela and with the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Maryland. I founded and directed D’Elia Ballet Studio and choreographed and staged productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Peter and The Wolf, Scenes from Swan Lake, Wizard of Oz, and other works.”

Maria will teach several courses in our Ballet Conservatory Program for children, teens and adults beginning January 7. To register for Maria’s courses, visit


Natasha Mirny
Baby and Me Movement and Storytelling
“I’m a stage director, choreographer, teaching artist, and founder of Happy Theater. My background is in pantomime, puppetry, and physical theater. I started her career as a stage director at one of the largest puppet theaters in Moscow, Russia. For the past five years, I’ve devised and directed nine shows for children up to 7 years of age. One of my shows for young audiences was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.”

“Baby and Me Movement and Storytelling” is an interactive and educational class for you and your little one! Play and learn through music, movement, puppets, and storytelling. You and your child will also investigate sensory props and toys which will enhance learning and creative play. It’s an experience that will teach you tools and activities that you can continue at home to create meaningful and engaging movement and story time. Early registration for “Baby and Me Movement and Storytelling” ends December 31. To register for Natasha’s course, go to

Tyler Joyce
Introduction to Guitar, Intermediate Guitar
“Hello, I’m Tyler Joyce. I studied music at Towson University and I’ve been playing guitar for more than 40 years. I believe my personalized teaching style benefits kids and adults.

I provide my students with the fundamentals and techniques to become skilled musicians and help them work toward their individual goals. Learning should be fun! By making sure that my students enjoy what they are learning, I am able to foster a true appreciation for the joy music can bring.”

Tyler’s classes, Introduction to Guitar and Intermediate Guitar, begin in January. For details and to register, go to


Brian Mason
Cartooning, Advanced Cartooning, Urban Drawing, and Watercolor Painting

“I have been an artist since I could pick up a pencil. I love drawing; it is fundamental to my work. I have had a career in education, which has included teaching digital arts software, drawing, painting and cartooning. I began as a watercolor painter then moved into digital art, including illustration, photo restoration, and even web design. The digital arts taught me discipline and the need for research and training. As a result I have returned to the fine arts as a much more organized artist. I enjoy watercolor painting and drawing. I have an art degree from Prince Georges Collage, and a graphic design certificated from the Maryland School of Art and Design. I have studied and taught art at the Corcoran School of Art, Montgomery College, MICA and the Ringling School of Art.  Among the places I have displayed my work are the Corcoran School, Montgomery County Art Association, and Montgomery College.” To register for Brian’s classes, go to


Kelli Harrison
Fundamentals of Drawing

“Hello! I earned my Master’s Degree in Art Education from Towson University. I have taught for more than a decade, beginning in a Title 1 community and later teaching at a National Blue Ribbon school. I’m happy to say I have influenced hundreds of students from all walks of life. My passion for the arts began in early childhood, and I continue to learn as an artist and as an instructor. In addition to drawing and painting, I have experience with clay, printmaking, paper mache, and stained glass.”

In “Fundamentals of Drawing,” students will learn about proportion in order to prepare them for more realistic drawing. Students will also learn about facial proportions, the human figure, and one-point perspective. To register for Kelli’s class, go to